inSYNC’s Weekly Top Announcement Picks (February 6th 2017)

Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight has a rich history starting way back in 1968, and always boasting to of been the only UK festival to have Jimi Hendrix play. The festival has since had some of the world’s biggest and best bands headline including Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon to name but a few.

This week saw them add even more acts to the 2017 lineup. British pop group The Vamps, indie band Catfish and the Bottlemen and Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson will all make their way to the Isle of Wight this summer.

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Kendal Calling

Cumbrian festival Kendal Calling is set in the beautiful Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District. The festival has grown from 900 people in 2006 to a 12,000 strong three-camping affair. Kendal Calling has been awarded Best Small UK Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2010, hosting multiple high profile artists including Pendulum, Blondie, Mumford & Sons and Dizzee Rascal to name but a few.

2017’s lineup is so far a very exciting one as the festival pulls in some of the biggest acts that have ever graced Kendal Calling’s main stages. Welch rockers Stereophonics will headline alongside Manic Street Preachers. Also high on the bill is Franz Ferdinand, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah, Editors and Jack Bugg.


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Secret Garden Party

Secret Garden Party, taking place from July 20th to 23rd next summer, is one of the UK’s best independent festivals. The festival is paralleled to the mad world of Boomtown, but gives partiers a more relaxed vibe, and a slightly different lineup to Boomtown. Both festivals save money on acts, and book smaller acts, or acts from more niche genres of music, but both provide the country’s best festival productions, arts and entertainment.

After already announcing indie band Metronomy as their first headliner, Secret Garden Party have now released more of 2017’s lineup. Crystal Fighters and Toots & The Maytals top the bill with indie four-piece Wild Beasts, Peaches, BBC Sound of 2017 winner Ray Blk, Honne and Australian electronic group Jagwar Ma all making appearances.


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Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival is Portsmouth’s leading multi-genre music Festival, with a rapidly growing reputation for bringing in some of the biggest artists around. The festival began in Portsmouth dockyard 4 years ago, before moving to Southsea Common. The day festival is always a two-day event pulling in some pretty big acts; Basement Jaxx, Dizzy Rascal, Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallagher to name just a few. 120,000 people attended the then two day festival in 2016, and 2017 looks set to be the best lineup the festival has attracted to date.

Madness, Stereophonics and Elbow have been announced as the headliners for this year’s three day event in Portsmouth. The festival, in just its fifth year, will also feature Jake Bugg, Franz Ferdinand, Slaves, Feeder, Frightened Rabbit, KT Tunstall, Sundara Karma, Lady Leshurr, Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Club, Palace, Tiggs Da Author, and Crows with many more still to be announced across the weekend. Victorious Festival is held at Southsea Seafront in Portsmouth on the Bank Holiday weekend of 25th-27th August.


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Outlook Festival

After reviewing Outlook for the first time in 2016, it can be regarded as Croatia’s top festival. An eclectic mix the world’s best grime, house, dub, hip-hop, drum & bass and bassline artists. Beginning as a 600 person convoy in 2008, the festival has grown to a four day celebration of all things sound system related.

The 2017 festival will take place from 6th-10th September at Fort Punta Christo. Outlook announced their first wave of acts alongside headliners Dizzee Rascal and DJ Shadow. The amount of artists on offer means there’s something for all music lovers. Find out more about Outlook Festival by reading our 2016 review here.


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The Funk & Soul Weekender

The Funk & Soul Weekender is the UK’s funkiest festival held at Camber Sands in May. The Weekender has a unique selection of music from hip hop beats and future soul to disco and afro-beat. There is something for everyone “blending good time with unmissable talent across 3 days!”

After already announcing an incredible lineup of soul and funk artists, the weekender has added an incredible number of acts. Topping the bill alongside George Clinton will be Soul II Soul and Gilles Peterson, with Mr Scruff, Submotion Orchestra and The Herbaliser all supporting. Get yourselves ready for a truly unique musical experience.


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Standon Calling

Standon Calling is our favourite small UK festival. The festival brings a unique family-orientated vibe couple with great food, entertainment and a music-lovers lineup. The festival always gives partiers an experience like no other with a brilliant mix of quality dance music and old and new bands. The last weekend in July is always one to have in the diary and gives even the UK’s biggest festival’s a run for their money.

This year old school electronic band Orbital will take to Standon’s main stage with classical-pop fusionists Clean Bandit playing too. As for the nighttime, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and nineties electronic trio Faithless will provide DJ sets. More of the lineup is yet to be announced, but for a first wave of acts this is not one to be missed.

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Tobi Stidolph

Press Manager & inSYNC Writer


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